Senate strips funding from state prosecutors

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina senators have voted by a narrow margin to scrap funding for state prosecutors. The Senate decided by a 22-21 vote Tuesday to refuse to approve a nearly $9 million section of the proposed budget that pays for prosecutors through the Prosecution Coordination Council. State Sen. Jake Knotts of West Columbia urged senators to vote against continued funding for the council. He said it is in disarray and has a lot of problems. David Ross is the council’s executive director and said the Senate’s budget action would mean it wouldn’t have money to pay solicitors and assistant solicitors. He said that wouldn’t help the state’s criminal justice system. The Senate may later reconsider the vote and provide money for the council. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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